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U.S. now wants Political Solutions to address legitimate aspirations of all communities in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 14 March (Asiantribune.com): The United Hillary ClintonHillary ClintonStates which continually reiterated that a political solution to Sri Lanka conflict is viable and durable only when addressed the aspirations of the 12% minority Tamils is now officially states that this South Asian nation needs to bring a political solution that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lanka’s communities.

Gordon Duguin, acting deputy spokesman for the United States Department of State stated what Secretary Hillary Clinton told in a telephone conversation to Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday evening.

Mr. Duguin said at the State Department press briefing in Washington that "Secretary Clinton called on President Rajapaksa to devise a political solution to the ongoing conflict. The United States believes that a durable and lasting peace will only be achieved through a political solution that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all of Sri Lanka’s communities."

Without making it obvious the United States for some time has been moving away from it long standing adopted position that Sri Lanka should engage in negotiating with the Tamil Tiger outfit and that it should address the aspirations of the minority Tamils. The U.S. in most of its policy statements and released official documents has stated a lasting and durable solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict can only be achieved when fulfilling two objectives: bringing Tamil Tiger outfit to the negotiating table and addressing the grievances and aspirations of the minority Tamil community.

Now, the United States has officially moved away from those two hard line positions.

According to State Department spokesman the extended position of the United States is:

"We call on the Sri Lankan Government to put forward a proposal now to engage Tamils who do not espouse violence or terrorism and to develop power sharing arrangements so that lasting peace and reconciliation can be achieved".

Sri Lanka’s administration headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa since it commenced the military offensive against the Tamil Tigers in mid-2006 after severe restraint amid unprovoked attacked by the LTTE for about seven months has categorically stated that the GSL was not prepared to commence a political process until it militarily defeat the terrorist outfit and that the GSL was only interested in opening talks with non-LTTE Tamil representations in the country. The GSL meantime has note that other two ethnic communities, Sinhalese and Muslims, too have their own aspirations and grievances.

While alerting President Rajapaksa of the plight of the civilians in the battle zone and the importance of providing adequate food and medicine Secretary Clinton laid down the Obama administration’s position that future political talks should only be with the Tamils “who do not espouse violence or terrorism.”

Secretary Clinton has officially noted in her conversation with President Rajapaksa, according to the State Department spokesman, that the LTTE is holding civilians as human shields.

Here is the full text of what U.S. State Department spokesman said at the media briefing in Washington:

(Begin Text) On March 13, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to express the United States’ deep concern over the deteriorating conditions and increasing loss of life occurring in the Government of Sri Lanka-designated “safe zone” in northern Sri Lanka. Secretary Clinton stated that the Sri Lankan Army should not fire into the civilian areas of the conflict zone. The Secretary offered immediate and post-conflict reconstruction assistance and she extended condolences to the victims of the March 10 bombing outside a mosque in southern Sri Lanka. The Secretary condemned the actions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are reported to be holding civilians as human shields, and to have shot at civilians leaving LTTE areas of control.

Secretary Clinton called on President Rajapaksa to devise a political solution to the ongoing conflict. The Secretary urged the President to give international humanitarian relief organizations full access to the conflict area and displaced persons camps, including screening centers.

The United States believes that a durable and lasting peace will only be achieved through a political solution that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all of Sri Lanka’s communities. We call on the Sri Lankan Government to put forward a proposal now to engage Tamils who do not espouse violence or terrorism, and to develop power sharing arrangements so that lasting peace and reconciliation can be achieved. (End Text)

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It is one thing to call for

It is one thing to call for the Sri Lankan govt to provide a viable peaceful solution to Sri lankan Tamils, but it is another thing to identify what rights they lack in Sri lanka when compared with the majority Sinhalese.

When LTTE went into peace talks, they could not identify anything that the Tamils lack in Sri lanka when compared with the majority Sinhalese. They merely asked for an Independent Self Governing Authority and nothing else.

Does that not prove anything? There are many commentators who write in Asian Tribune. Not one has identified something that they lack.

At this stage, they not only have Ministers in the Centre, but have at least one Chief Minister who is a Tamil.

I must state that Tamils in Sri Lanka have more facilities and rights in Sri Lanka than what they have in England, Australia, Canada, USA and all of Europe.

Even though Tamil diaspora support the LTTE and finance them, they continue to ask Sinhalese to give them something. There is no free lunch. Rather than going around the world discrediting our motherland, nominate a credible group of Tamils to start discussions with GOSL. They must have the support of the Sri lankan resident Tamils. We are not interested in Tamils who have no interest in Sri lanka.

I wonder why these Tamil Diaspora have "personal dialogues with many U.S. legislators and U.S. government officials" but fail to put forward their grievences to GOSL for discussions and negotiations.

I can only think that they got so used to going after the British while they were in power and they cannot stop it even after 60 years of independence.

Stop blaming the other guy. Look at the mirror and you will find who should take the blame for the crisis in Sri lanka.

Yes, we should address the legitimate aspirations of all citizens. But, this is not going to be an easy process. The confidence of the majority has been shattered and the confidence building needs time. The process can begin now, but, do not expect miracles to happen overnight.


Good sign. Thank you, Ms

Good sign. Thank you, Ms Hilary. People tend to alter the truth because of their own benefits. International Community always opted to close eyes on LTTE terrorism in Sri Lanka. But were very active on what the people elected present government is doing against terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Truth must be the truth.


The opportunity is ripe for

The opportunity is ripe for the good Sinhalese people to openly demand their government to replace the present broken systems (that only cater to those in power) with modern democratic systems that serve all Lankans – Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Burgers, and all others – evenly and equitably. Such a grass-root movement led by the Sinhalese is guaranteed to receive the full support of the complete spectrum of the United States establishment. (Based on my personal dialogues with many U.S. legislators and U.S. government officials, they would like very much to see a movement spearheaded by the Sinhalese that demands reforms towards political equality and social justice for all Lankans.)


Thanks Hilary, first of all,

Thanks Hilary, first of all, it is very important to send a representative to live in Sri Lanka for several months to assess the real situation here. Very soon he/she will realize that being a 12% minority, a majority of tamils in Sri Lanka, specially in major cities are enjoying high living standards, holding top positions in the private & public sector. For a 12% minority, tamils are probably holding more than 50% of the wealth in Sri Lanka, some of the richeast & biggest industries & companies are owned by tamils. What most tamils want is the best of both worlds. They want a seperate state as well as control of the rest of the country to bring the others down. What we really have here in Sri Lanka is a case of "minority racism", if given too much power, they will crush the singhalese, muslims, & all other small minorities & take over the country. So, not to worry, first of all, the government has a good agenda to speedily build the infrastructure of North & East. Rapid development simultaneously will raise the living standards of these areas. Things will fall in place then.


Now they trying handle

Now they trying handle diplomatic mission.People know how terrorism develop.Thanks god atleast finally US become correct track.


US is now moving in right

US is now moving in right direction.. We have sick constitution that lack basic safeguards and politicised the public service and the police.

We cannot move into race based politics which we need to avoid at any cost.. These race based idiotic leaders have done immense damaged to the country and its people.

If US want to help SL, then it is better to lend its constitutional experts for the SL's next constitution and these should be based on regional autonomy minus land and police powers taking into account of our heritage.